And Other Things
Did you know that’regular’ gas is not the same in every state?
When I bought JR (my truck) back in 2012, I read the instruction manual!
It says right on page 397 (!) that for the “3.5 L V6 EcoBoost engine, regular unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 87 is recommended. Some stations offer fuels posted as ‘regular’ with an octane rating below 87, particularly if in high altitude areas. Fuels with octane rating below 87 are not recommended.”
So I knew that, and have pumped mid grade gas in the past with an octane rating of 88 when I saw on the pump that what was labeled ‘regular’ was rated 86.
But recently, I goofed. I needed gas badly. I NEVER go below a quarter tank, except this time. It was close to empty, we were in Durango, Colorado, and I filled my tank, not realizing I was using 86 octane Shell gasoline. Yeah, I didn’t notice….until I was going up a hill…a long gradual incline….and it felt like I was going over bumps, but there were no bumps in the road. And then the engine light started flashing yellow. Oops. The feeling of bumps….that was ‘knocking’.
On the down side of the hill the knocking stopped and the engine light went off, and things seemed ok. It did happen again a few times, along with some backfiring! Poor JR! As soon as there was room in the tank for more gas I started adding premium with an octane rating of 91 or 90, depending where I bought it. I’ve continued to do that and I think JR has forgiven me and her engine is ok, since we’ve been doing fine on hills the last few days.
I’m relating this story so you will be aware, in case you were not, or if you were aware you will be careful, as I was not.
Ok, change of subject. Two days ago we arrive at the KOA in Tucumcari, NM and we get a nice site.
I have reserved one night but because of scary weather ahead on my route I ask to stay a second night and they are able to accommodate me. The plan was to travel up into the panhandle of Oklahoma, but a cold front and a warm front are coming together close to my route and thunderstorms, large hail and maybe even a tornado is being forecast.
I enjoy the KOA which is one of the less developed ones…very laid back with lots of open space, and even some wildflowers.
Also there are bunnies everywhere. Easter bunnies? I don’t know, but Shiloh is highly entertained.
Me, who started out not liking KOA’s much, has stayed in them so often that they have sent me a VIP card, no charge.
We get quite a lightening show this evening….continual lighting of the sky in the distance, but not close enough to hear the thunder. According to The Weather Channel, there was baseball sized hail and a ‘super cell’ that put out a number of tornados. As it turns out they were not right on my route, but close…very close….and I’m glad I stayed put.
Very poor picture of lightening in the distance.
Today, Saturday, we proceed. More bad weather is forecast for this evening, but it’s just a little farther east. We make it safely to Guymon, Oklahoma, having passed through a tiny piece of Texas to get here.
It’s not often one can pass through Texas in a single day!
Plus spend some time in New Mexico and Oklahoma too!
Joy, Shiloh and I wish you a blessed holiday!